Friday, September 09, 2005

New Rhea Image: Frame-Filling Rhea

CICLOPS today released this processed image of Rhea taken on August 1, 2005. This image was taken from a distance of 255,000 km and has a resolution of 1.5 km/pixel. As the title suggestion, this image was taken when Rhea nearly filed the entire narrow-angle camera field-of-view. Nothing shocking from Rhea, just lots and lots of craters (with a few fractures up at the top toward Rhea's wispy terrain). This image primarily shows the southern trailing hemisphere of Rhea. Two prominent impact basins, ~300 km across can be seen along the terminator. The top basin is unnamed but the second basin is Izanagi. This basin was the site of one of the pre-launch artwork done for the Cassini mission. No sign of the fractures shown in that rendition.